A lot of Microsoft fans were disappointed when Microsoft announced that Courier project had been canceled. While no one on the outside knows for sure why it was canceled, many suspect that the device will live on in another project in the near future.
Bill Gates, according to gurufocus.com, is reported to have said “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects that we're pursuing. We think that work with the pen that Microsoft pioneered will become a mainstream for students. It can give you a device that you can not only read, but also create documents at the same time.”
What Bill Gates is describing sounds very similar to the Courier concept that was shown off. It was a pen based input system that allowed you to not only read on the device, but to also create documents. For those who were waiting for the Courier from Microsoft, it’s probably safe to say that the device is still coming but it won’t be as soon as you might have hoped.